While the GTO is preparing for its 25th anniversary event, elsewhere, the G-society is having a ceremony of its own. Led by the mysterious Gacktoel and his Shadow Workers – Torch, Shade, Rubis, Sapphir, Letuchie, and Pauk – the G-society is made up of Nouvlesse who were thrown out of power thanks to the GOTT. On this day, they declare independence and set their sights on the GTO, particularly on Chief Hiver and the three elite ES member teams.
The GTO anniversary event is interrupted almost as soon as it begins by the sudden appearance of a giant image of Gacktoel. Torch and Shade are already there, and they use their powers to turn the GTO soldiers against the crowd. Gacktoel then deploys his own soldiers, so Chief Hiver has no choice but to send out the top ES members. While Un-ou, A-ou, Tweedledee, and Tweedledum face off against the enemy forces, Trixie and Troisienne cover up the giant image with smoke. Ascoeur and Q-feuille try to help as well, but after Un-ou and Tweedledum get hurt, it’s Trixie and Troisienne who come back to save the day. They appear to drive off all the Shadow Workers, but Gacktoel himself then uses the opportunity to strike down both Trixie and Troisienne. Realizing that they’re dying, the two ask Ascoeur and Q-feuille to protect the future of the galaxy before they lose consciousness.
Now this was what I was waiting to see. Not only did the story finally get going, it got going in a big way. The antagonists gained some more members and, more importantly, some motivation and purpose in episode eight, and they then made a huge move in episode nine by killing off some good guys. It’s probably more than a coincidence that they offed the one pair that wasn’t from the first series, and I hadn’t realized that Trixie and Troisienne were quite that powerful. Regardless, Gacktoel seems to have quite a useful ability and enacted a pretty effective plan against GTO, though I wonder why he didn’t just kill all of G-society’s targets (i.e. Hiver and the other ES members) while he was at it. I’m sure that’ll come back to haunt him if he turns out to be the final boss character and finds himself facing Ascoeur and Q-feuille. Those two will probably be forced to grow a lot and to take on additional responsibilities in the coming episodes, though hopefully they won’t brood too much.